Back Molars: Do They Need to Be Replaced after Extraction?
If you’ve lost a tooth in the back of your mouth, you might already realize this is fairly common. People lose back molars for many reasons, including tooth decay, a broken tooth, trauma, or gum disease. Because it probably doesn’t show when you smile, you may not have considered getting the tooth replaced.
But even when teeth aren’t visible after loss, it’s still important to replace them to protect the health of the rest of your mouth. At our Burnaby, BC dental clinic, our dentists can go over options for tooth replacement if you have had an extraction. Just give us a call to make an appointment for a consultation.
Why Replace a Back Molar?
The simple answer to this question is that even the loss of one, seemingly innocuous tooth can greatly impact the quality of your oral health. Once you’ve lost a tooth, you’ve taken away the support structure for the teeth adjacent to that tooth. The bone will begin to deteriorate, and the rest of your teeth will begin to compensate for the gap in your smile by shifting to fill it in. This leads to misalignment of your remaining teeth. It also puts you at a higher risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Ultimately, you may lose more teeth.
Replacement Options for Missing Teeth
The best time to replace a missing tooth is soon after you have had it extracted. Some of the options for replacing a missing tooth include:
- Dental implants—These permanent tooth replacements take the place of your tooth root by integrating with your gum after surgical implant. Topped with a dental crown after healing takes place, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
- Dental bridges—This dental prosthetic fills in the gap left by a missing tooth. Attached to two dental crowns on either side of the space in your mouth, a dental bridge looks natural, enables you to chew properly, and protects the health of your remaining teeth.
If you’ve had to have a back molar extraction, talk to our Burnaby, BC dentists about tooth replacement options. Give us a call to make an appointment for a consultation.